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24 COMMENTS

  1. I don't normally leave comments on Doctor Who episodes, but I wanted to say that this episode is the one of the best I've seen (and I've been watching since Tom Baker was inside the Tardis). As well as being entertaining and engaging, the episode seemed to make a much wider comment on humanity, mortality and love. You know, just the little issues. 'Listen' was definitely worth a watch

  2. I don't normally leave comments on Doctor Who episodes, but I wanted to say that this episode is one of the best I've seen (and I've been watching since Tom Baker was inside the Tardis). As well as being entertaining and engaging, the episode seemed to make a much wider statement about humanity, mortality and love. You know, just the little issues. 'Listen' was definitely worth a watch

  3. Just needed to post this. Been reading various forums and some people are saying it was awful, i think ive genuinely watched a different episode!!

    It was captivating, i couldnt take my eyes off of it, i was genuinely freaked out by some of it like classic scary who, and the end with the child doctor i wasnt expecting! (possibly reminding us about the Gallifrey to be found plot that must be coming up soon!

    Brilliant episode! 10/10

  4. Thought 'Listen' was very clever on a number of different levels.

    Loved the slight open-endedness, spooky atmosphere and Clara's continued development; Jenna Coleman's really coming into her own this series. Capaldi shines too and casts a new light on the Twelfth Doctor.

    Moffat at his unnerving best!

  5. I thought it was great. Quite a different episode, especially with that opening monologue – I kept expecting another direct Capaldi stare into the camera. A real lesson of less (small cast, no CGI) is more. Plenty of space to breathe. Echoes of 'Midnight' with a 'monster' that can't be seen, as well as an inversion of 'Blink' and not drawing attention to yourself in 'Deep Breath'. A lovely riff on the theme of fear and loneliness, with the doctor's own fears being explored nicely. Nice surprise, too, with the short trip to Gallifrey, the young Doctor and the war one. Finally, really warming to Clara now, with her almost taking full control. Her character seems much more fleshed-out now.

  6. Some people are saying its awful but I think it is a brilliant episode and the best episode this series. I think it was a really clever idea we were expecting a monster and there wasn't one. Jenna and Peter were great

  7. Best this season, and possibly the best in years. Pacing, script, tension, characters…..it should become an instant classic!

  8. Wow. I don't really need to say much more than that. Except this is possibly the best Moffat-written episode since Blink.

  9. I agree with the other posters, this is one of the best episodes of "New" Who (it's 8 seasons in, it's not so new anymore). The best part is they didn't really close the door on their being a monster…

  10. Brilliant episode. I know people have been moaning about the Moff and how his writing hasn't been that good lately, but this episode my fellow Whovians just proves how good a writer he actually is. I will be re-watching it.

  11. A superb episode with focus turned towards the Doctor, who initiates the whole story. Moffat cleverly avoids showing us Clara's childhood, which is the original setup for the story, and instead develops both the characters of Danny Pink and, more unexpectedly, the Doctor. A lovely touch to tie John Hurt's Doctor in with the story and as always Moffat allows objects and events to resonate across time. Fantastic!

  12. Best Who in years and possibly in all of the new era. Lovely delicate performances by Jenna and Danny and Peter once again demonstrates why Moffat's casting of one of the UK's best actors is paying off in spades. We've had four different but good to great to magnificent episodes now in a row. Next week looks like a lot of fun as does Gareth Roberts' one and the production team reckon that the series overall is the tightest and best since 2005. Loving the new direction the show has taken since Peter C came on board. I'd rate this one 10/10.

  13. Definitely one of the best episodes of modern Doctor Who, and maybe of all time. Spooky, emotional, and so riveting.

    If you're of the belief that the quality of Steven Moffat's work has slipped in the last few years, or that he hasn't been living up to his potential, I think this is good evidence that he is back on track.

  14. I loved it. Thought it was clever and that it all fit together elegantly. Loved the timey wimey stuff and links to the Doctors past. Danny Pink is all of a sudden really interesting too.

    Read many criticisms and I don't get any of them. People are picking at faults that don't exist. Listen is an instant classic IMO. I cannot find any fault with it…Yeah I want an answer to if there was actually something there at those 2 certain moments, but that's the fun of this episode. Would have been wrong to not leave you wondering.

  15. I concur with one of the "Anonymous"es above, it's the best Moffat-scripted ep since BLINK, which is my other favorite no matter who wrote it. That one was scary and mildly thought-provoking, once again raising the fascinating issues of time, in physics esp.

    But LISTEN was not only deliciously scary/creepy; it not only toyed with philosophy & physics of the idea/reality of time (more so than in most other DW eps, IMHO). Perhaps most importantly, it delved into extremely important ideas of depth psychology (aptly named!) &/or Jung — esp. the issues of The Shadow & how to come to terms with it, personally but also within others (every character in this ep, for instance!),

    Anyway I loved it loved it loved it and I look forward to seeing it many times over, despite lack of DVR &/or $$s (o well)

  16. Excellent! Moffat's promise of taking the show on a new direction is made manifest in this episode. This episode is a tense,gripping and frightening psychological episode with tender moments and pleasant surprises.The "monster" for the most part is fear both real and imagined. Listen was a character driven tour de force and leaves me anticipating the rest of series eight.

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